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Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas | Religion, Church & Tradition | LiveScience

Why Atheists Celebrate Christmas | Religion, Church & Tradition | LiveScience | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

They may not find much meaning in the birth of Jesus Christ, but many atheists embrace religious traditions such as churchgoing for the sake of the children, a new study finds.

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2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet

2 Shocking Attacks on Atheism -- And How Atheists Fought Back | AlterNet | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
In the last few years atheists have become seriously organized, mobilized, visible, vocal and unapologetic about their atheism.
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Afghan Woman Freed From Jail So She Can Marry Her Rapist

Afghan Woman Freed From Jail So She Can Marry Her Rapist | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
After lobbying from international groups, an Afghan woman who was raped by a relative and given a 12-year jail sentence has been pardoned by President Hamid Karzai.
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The Scarlet Letter of Atheism

The Scarlet Letter of Atheism | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The wonderful irony must be the precise reasoning behind the symbol of The Out Campaign. The themes of pariahdom articulated in the pages of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s timeless novel mirror the mentality many atheists face today. The decision to reject a personal god (or the concepts of god/religion altogether) is typically viewed in the same damning light that poor Hester suffered due to her unchristian behaviors. Unfortunately, it is the rejectors of these foolish fairy tales and archaic paranormalities that are deemed the weird ones. Funny that those who come to religious decisions based on direct studying of the evidence are the ones looked at strangely.

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Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think

Religion Imprisons Women | Daylight Atheism | Big Think | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

One hypothesis for the origin of religion is that it's a kind of "costly signaling" - a way for people to prove their loyalty to the group by participating in complex rituals and extravagant shows of devotion. But there's an underappreciated danger to this: when everyone in a community already follows a strict interpretation of faith, religious belief will have a tendency to spiral out of control into extremism, as group members go to greater and greater lengths to express their piety. And when religion grows more and more fanatical, while it's bad for everyone forced to live under its dictates, it's inevitably women who suffer the most.

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The Religion vs. Evolution Bigotry

The Religion vs. Evolution Bigotry | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

Conservapedia has published (what they call) an essay, titled, “Capisizing people’s evolutionary views via 15 questions,” which attempts to explore why evolutionists (or, those who believe evolution) are just dead wrong in their understanding of how the world works.

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THE SCIENCE OF RELIGION by Gregory S. Paul

Unlike science, which goes where the evidence and analysis indicate and is anti-mythical in nature, religion is inherently dogmatic and opinion based, with myths being integral to the system. One of these myths, widely held by nearly all theists as well as many skeptics of the supernatural, is that science cannot be used to address and answer many core issues of religious belief. In this view rational, objective science and faith-based religion are separate magisteria that are equally legitimate thought systems, and that cannot profoundly comment upon one another. As popular as this view is – in part because it offers a politically correct means of avoiding awkward conflict between the scientific and religious realms – it is demonstrably false.

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Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll

Canadians divided on whether religion does more harm than good: poll | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

TORONTO – Canadians are split on the question of whether religion does more harm than good in the world, according to a new poll conducted by Ipsos Reid.

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? : NPR

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Religious diversity linked to unhappiness

Religious diversity linked to unhappiness | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Most people - certainly most atheists - would say that one of the biggest problems with religion is that conflict you get when religion divides people who share a particular part of the world.
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Science and religion: God didn't make man; man made gods

Before John Lennon imagined "living life in peace," he conjured "no heaven … / no hell below us …/ and no religion too."
No religion: What was Lennon summoning?
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State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools

State Amendment would make taxpayers help fund churches and religious schools | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The 2012 elections will be watched by every American coast to coast, and while the Presidential race is at the top of everyone's list, there is something going on in the state of Florida that could have a ripple effect on everyone else.

It's called "Florida Religious Freedom", or Amendment 7. If passed, the amendment would allow taxpayer money to be used to fund religious organizations.

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Girls Beaten and Raped? Or The Catholic Church? Who are the victims? RichardDawkins.net

Girls Beaten and Raped? Or The Catholic Church? Who are the victims? RichardDawkins.net | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

14,000 daughters. Fourteen thousand women is a lot of victims of human trafficking.


In fact I’m wrong. I should write 14,000 females. Many of these 14,000 are girls, not yet women, girls often trafficked as sex workers -- a kind of 21st Century slavery. Many of these 14,000 victims are beaten, others raped. Many become pregnant, others contract HIV.
ACLU of Massachusetts v. Kathleen Sebelius, et al.

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On Black Atheism: Jamila Bey

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A recent New York Times article profiled African Americans who don't believe in God or who have eschewed the faith that many assume is central to the black experience. What does the apparent rise in atheism and agnosticism (pdf) among blacks tell us about the utility of religion for African Americans in today's social and political climate? Interviews with academics, activists and advocates from everywhere on the religious spectrum reveal the diversity of views on this historically fraught -- and, for many, highly personal -- topic.

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion? : NPR

A rabbi, a descendant of Charles Darwin, a philosopher and a scholar face off over religion in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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People Think Atheists Are Just As Bad As Rapists? Christ.

People Think Atheists Are Just As Bad As Rapists? Christ. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Today in hateration news: people really, really don't trust atheists. In a new study, the only group participants found as untrustworthy as nonbelievers were rapists.
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Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality

Ultra-Orthodox ‘Torah Declaration’ Calls For Ex-Gay Therapy For All Who ‘Struggle’ With Homosexuality | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish leaders have secretly passed around a “Torah Declaration” on “The Torah Stance on Homosexuality.” It rebukes homosexuality as being “not an acceptable lifestyle or a genuine identity” and assumes that gays are by definition “unable to find happiness in a loving relationship.” To abide by the Torah, the Declaration stridently demands ex-gay therapy, including of teenagers, to repair “childhood emotional wounds”:

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The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion | | Furious PurposeFurious Purpose

The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion | | Furious PurposeFurious Purpose | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

David Fitzgerald on the Mormons, at Skepticon 4 :

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Is common ground between atheism and belief possible?

Is common ground between atheism and belief possible? | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

My articles of 21st-century faith have met with little enthusiasm. That may mean the common ground lies in a different area.

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Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
The Iowa forum was a triumph of the union of psychobabble and public religiosity that has come to dominate American politics.
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Christian theocracy: How Newt Gingrich and the GOP would abolish courts and legislate morality.

Christian theocracy: How Newt Gingrich and the GOP would abolish courts and legislate morality. | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it
Is the United States sliding toward theocracy? That’s what Republican presidential candidates have told us for more than a year. Radical Islam, they’ve argued, is on the verge of taking over our country through Sharia law.
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40 Examples of Christian Privilege | Godless Girl

40 Examples of Christian Privilege | Godless Girl | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

1. It is likely that state and federal holidays coincide with my religious practices, thereby having little to no impact on my job and/or education...

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We don’t need politicians who trumpet their belief in God (Donald Kaul column)

We don’t need politicians who trumpet their belief in God (Donald Kaul column) | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

You can tell politicians are getting nervous. They’re playing the “In God We Trust” card again.


Via Religulous
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Religious lobbying in Washington has increased fivefold in 40 years study finds

Religious lobbying in Washington has increased fivefold in 40 years study finds | Modern Atheism | Scoop.it

The number of organizations engaged in religious lobbying or religion-related advocacy in Washington, D.C., has increased roughly fivefold in the past four decades, from fewer than 40 in 1970 to more than 200 today. These groups collectively employ at least 1,000 people in the greater Washington area and spend at least $390 million a year on efforts to influence national public policy.

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Bully for Michigan: Religion exemption for school harassment may fail

Good news from Michigan! The state legislature is moving toward anti-bullying legislation that does not include an exemption for religiously motivated harassment.
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